Friday, March 26, 2010

Sew Crafty Friday-Quilt Squares

This week I am working on quilt squares for my homeschool group's quilt. Several ladies are making squares. We will each get a square and make our own quilt. I'm excited. This square has not yet been sewn together. I just laid it out. I cut out all my strips, but need to finish cutting the individual squares. Then I will sew them all together!

Have you been crafty this week? What are you working on. To see more crafty projects, visit Shereen at Waiting for Him.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

As a part of our homeschool curriculum, we study character qualities. The current character quality is humility. In health we discussed how the bladder exhibits humility in its function. We talk about what humility is and what it is not (antonyms).

My son is a part of the Adventurer Program and as a fundraiser, the club is having a fashion show. The club practiced on Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening my son said that he did not want to participate in the fashion show. My first thought was that something had happened. Maybe he had gotten into a disagreement with one of the other little boys. Upon further questioning, he said that he did not believe that Jesus would be in a fashion show. He said that when he posed in the clothes he felt that he was being showy. Immediately I tried to imagine Jesus showing off His clothes. Wow, not good fit.

I was filled with emotion. My 8 year old son, recognizes pride when he experiences it and has the courage to stand against it. My prayer is that I will be bold enough (through Christ strength) to stand for the things I believe in.

May God continue to give me the strength and wisdom to teach my children to be like Daniel. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1:8

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Moore Formula

I got a question about the Moore Formula so I would like to take a minute to write a little bit about how it works.''

The Moore Formula in a nutshell says that the time student spends on academics, should equal the amount of time they spend on work and service.

There is a six point prescription for academic excellence

1. Scripture Memorization

2. Observation Skills

3. Work and Service Education

4. Building Academic Skills

5. Guided Questioning

6. The Study Buddy

In the Manual, each point in spelled out in detail.

One thing that I love about the Moore Formula is the use of schedules. They decribe what they call "anchor points". Set a time for Rising and going to bed, bath time and bed time, meals and school and fill in everything else around these major items. Be consistent but open and flexible enough to allow change.

They use unit studies and give examples of how to create them yourself. I try to create our units based on what's going on in our area. With spring around the corner, we will visiting the pond to look for tadpoles, observing birds build their nests, identifying trees etc. We will also be gardening and using it for spiritual lessons as well as physical activity.

I hope this sheds some light on this method. Feel free to ask any specific questions you may have. I am more than happy to answer them